Colorado Explorer

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Colorado Explorer

Destination

Colorado

Grade Range

7th-8th

length

13 Days

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Meeting Place

Arrive: Denver, CO (DIA)
Depart: Denver, CO (DIA)

Spend two magical weeks exploring the diverse terrain of Colorful Colorado. In Rocky Mountain National Park, walk through fields laden with blue and purple wildflowers. Near Salida, become familiar with the alpine desert landscape while rock climbing and mountain biking with the massive 14,000-foot peaks of the Sawatch Range as your backdrop. Navigate the rapids in Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas River, considered the best stretch of whitewater rafting in Colorado. Hike your way to unbeatable views on the 12,324-foot Flattop Mountain, and finish your trip with rafting on the Cache La Poudre River’s nonstop rollercoaster rapids!

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Colorado Explorer Itinerary

Backpack in Rocky Mountain National Park

Spend 4 days hiking in the Rocky Mountains during peak wildflower season. (If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even see bighorn sheep, mule deer, marmots, and possibly even elk!) As you wind through dense pine and aspen forests, past green-blue alpine lakes, and beneath stunning ridgelines, you and your new friends will play fun games like hide and seek and “camouflage.” By the end of the 4 days, it’ll feel like you’ve known each other forever.

Rock climb in Salida

Transition from high meadow valleys and evergreen forests to an alpine desert landscape that’s littered with dramatic 14,000-foot peaks. Tall granite domes await you in the “Heart of the Rockies.” Learn the basics of climbing and belaying, and challenge yourself on harder and harder routes as the day goes on.

Mountain bike in Salida

Blast down trails near the Continental Divide, surrounded by aspen groves, grasslands, and views of the breathtaking Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Perfect for riders of all levels!

Whitewater raft the Arkansas River

Browns Canyon is considered one of the best sections of whitewater rafting in the world. Exciting, nonstop rapids carry you through a riparian canyon (see if you can catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep scrambling up the steep walls!). There’s nothing more thrilling than bouncing down big drops with your crew!

Climb Flattop Mountain (12,324 feet)

Venture back into Rocky Mountain National Park, this time to hike up Flattop Mountain, where the 360-degrees will leave you speechless. At the summit, you’ll feel like you’re walking on top of the world; everywhere you look are gorgeous mountains, including Longs Peak (the tallest mountain in the park at 14,259 feet), Hallett Peak (12,713 feet), and several other 12,000- and 13,000-foot peaks. High above treeline, you and your friends will be jumping up and down with excitement!

Whitewater raft the Cache La Poudre River

Experience Colorado’s only nationally designated Wild and Scenic River, the Cache La Poudre. The rafting on the Arkansas will have taught you everything you need to know to navigate the class III and IV rapids down the Mishawaka Falls section—which houses some of the state’s most action-packed rapids!

Dates and Prices

Departure 1
  • Departure Day
    23/06/17
  • Return Day
    05/07/17
  • Price
    $2,995
  • Availability
    Open
Departure 2
  • Departure Day
    11/07/17
  • Return Day
    23/07/17
  • Price
    $2,995
  • Availability
    Open
Departure 3
  • Departure Day
    29/07/17
  • Return Day
    10/08/17
  • Price
    $2,995
  • Availability
    Open
Departure Day Return Day Price Availability
06/23/17
07/05/17
$2,995
open
07/11/17
07/23/17
$2,995
open
07/29/17
08/10/17
$2,995
open
Included in Tuition:
  • All meals
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, and all group gear
  • Guided activities
Not Included in Tuition:
  • Airfare to and from
  • Trip insurance
  • Personal clothing and items (see our packing list here)

Activities

Backpacking

Mountain Biking

Rock Climbing

Summit

Whitewater Rafting

Reviews

Kathleen Mahoney, Old Tappan, NJ

Faith has a love of the outdoors but doesn’t always get to enjoy them with her busy soccer and school schedule. This was a chance for her to be with other students with the same love of the outdoors. She was a little nervous as she knew she was the youngest student on the trip by far, and she was going alone. Once she arrived, she very quickly made friends, and the group became very tight. The instructors were amazing! They did a great job integrating the group and were great role models for Faith and all the students. They learned valuable skills in life, whether it was outdoor wilderness or teamwork and leadership. Faith returned from her trip taller in every way. Her confidence in herself had grown as she conquered some fears and learned how strong she actually was. She also made 16 new friends that are keeping in touch with each other until their next trip. I can’t thank AT enough; it was definitely an incredible experience for our daughter, and we are extremely grateful.

Jon Cohen, Cardiff, CA

Upon returning home, our son’s first words were, “I had a blast.” The first day of the first hike exhausted him and made him wonder whether he was in over his head, and he’s a fit kid who likes the outdoors. But he learned how to adjust his pack more effectively, accepted that others were also struggling, and saw that he could do more than he realized. That set the tone. The kids were different from his friends at home—they didn’t seem as “cool” to him at first—but that radically changed, too, and I think he made lifelong friends. He was impressed that there was no hierarchy, which was such a dominant force in his middle school. He bonded with the group and understood the importance of positive change through “deltas.” He liked the fact that everything was level. All the kids faced the same challenges, had the same gear, and were the same age. He had a great time with the instructors, too, especially since a few of them apparently had a great time with him. Aidan grew up on the trip. He came home calm, focused, happy, and thoughtful, and talking about which Adventure Treks trip he wants to do next year.

Marci Berkowitz, Portland, OR

Ezra had an amazing adventure. He was challenged physically, pushed himself, and felt great about his accomplishments. He came back with story after story about friends, wildlife sightings, leaders he loved and admired, and the adventure of it all. One of the first things he started talking about was the trip he wanted to go on next summer and the new friends he hoped to go with.

Sang Tran, Spring, TX

Sara definitely had a grand time in Colorado! As soon as she came off the plane, she talked non-stop about how wonderful the trip was. She loved experiencing the beauty of the great outdoors as she hiked, rafted, rock climbed, and canoed over several weeks. She learned she was more capable than what she thought, and she was able to really push herself and not be so afraid to take on the adventures. I was so happy she returned home in one piece, but more than that she came home feeling so accomplished! She and her new Adventure Treks friends have already planned the BC trip next summer. We have two other young children (8 and 5 years old), and it can be challenging to have exciting vacations for my older daughter. I want to thank Adventure Treks for providing her a safe and healthy way to explore and be close to nature!

Karen Rogow, Atlanta, GA

Adventure Treks was an incredible opportunity for Alon to challenge himself, develop confidence, establish new friendships, and enjoy new experiences. He said the community was amazing. The best part of his trip was making new friends.

Kathy Graivier, Atlanta, GA

The first thing Max said to me in the car as we left the airport was, “Mom, I have grown as a person.” Even he realized how transformative the experience was for him.

Charles Goldberg, Dunwoody, GA

Seth said it was the best outdoor experience he has had and would love to come back again next summer. He made some wonderful friends and still keeps up with them on Instagram.

Alyssa Scherer, Tarrytown, NY

In Jordan’s own words, he had an “AMAZING” time. The community on his trip surpassed his expectations.

Gina Kugler, Palm Harbor, FL

I always recommend Adventure Treks to other parents. There is no other camp or activity or sports team or anything where Liam could have gotten everything out of what he got this summer in just three weeks with AT. It is 1,000 percent worth every penny. I asked him if he made any special best friends during his trip in Colorado and he said, “No, they were all my best friends.” I think that sums up what a good community that was. He has definitely matured since going to AT. He came back walking a little taller if you know what I mean!